April 15 - South Korean activists release balloons containing anti-Pyongyang leaflets towards the North, as the isolated state celebrates its founder's birthday. Travis Brecher reports.
North and South Koreans on the southern side of the border between the two countries fly a message of hope in 10 balloons to their northern neighbours. A largely symbolic gesture, the balloons contain messages denouncing the Pyongyang leadership - they hope they will reach a few of North Korea's estimated 24 million people. The event comes at a moment of tension, as the North celebrated the 100th anniversary of Kim Il-sung's birth with a rocket launch that riled the international community. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) PRESIDENT OF FIGHTERS FOR FREE NORTH KOREA ASSOCIATION PARK SANG-HAK, SAYING: "Kim Il-sung is the man who has left 7 million Koreans in North and South Korea hurt and scarred irreparably. During the celebrations (for his 100th birthday), his grandson conducted an insane mission, launching a missile -- they could feed twenty million North Koreans for a year with the cost of the launch." The balloons also carry a thousand one U.S. dollar bills, and 300 copies of DVDs critical of the North's hereditary leadership. Tensions have been high between the two Koreas for over half a century. They are still technically at war since the 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice without a peace treaty. Travis Brecher, Reuters